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In 2011, thousands of ethnic Hmong Christians gathered in a district in northwest Vietnam to demand religious freedom. Their demonstration was eventually met by Vietnamese state security forces, and the area has been largely closed to visitors since.
Kirsten Han, Foong Li Mei, Tuan Nini, Adriana Manan
Warga Malaysia dan Singapura sentiasa bertekak tentang asal usul beberapa makanan, membandingkan budaya makanan jalanan dan mengusik sesama mereka. Tetapi, memahami pengalaman para penjaja dalam mengurus perniagaan mereka mendedahkan beberapa cabaran semasa yang dihadapi di kedua-dua negara.
Malaysians and Singaporeans constantly squabble over the ownership of particular dishes, comparing street food cultures and making digs. But a closer look at the way hawkers have been managed reveals more about contemporary challenges in each country.
Much of Cambodia experienced water shortages this dry season, but in Sihanoukville, locals and officials say drought, rapid building and population growth have placed new hardships on people’s access to water.
Banyak orang kehilangan nyawa dalam konflik di Poso, yang terjadi sejak tahun 1998 hingga 2007. Sejumlah warga yang dulu terlibat dalam konflik tersebut memilih untuk mengenangnya dengan cara bercanda, seraya mewaspadai potensi kekerasan berikutnya.
Many people lost their lives between 1998 and 2007 in Poso, Sulawesi. Now residents once swept up in the vortex of conflict choose to remember it with a dry humour—while still mindful of the potential for more violence.
Colonial era laws have been maintained and used to silence critics in Brunei. But it’s not just about the law; the entrenched fear of speaking out is so deep that people self-censor even if actual prosecution is uncommon.
As part of an irregular series, we highlight historical articles that not only offer an interesting window into the past, but can also help shed light on the world today. First up: an article written by the then-Secretary-General of the University of Malaya Socialist Club Tommy Koh in 1959.
Fake pharmaceuticals have plagued Southeast Asia for years, yet governments have been accused of underestimating the scale of the problem. A controversial new study suggests the illegal trade of fraudulent medicines is still thriving in the region.
The authorities in Yangon, Myanmar, had meant for the move of the Strand Night Market to ease traffic congestion and improve the regulation of street hawkers, but gaps in planning ended up causing a drop in business.
Thousands of refugees have fled to Thai cities such as Bangkok in the hopes of temporary sanctuary while waiting to be resettled elsewhere. But a crackdown on overstayers has led to hundreds of detentions, with refugees having to deal with new worries about their future.
The Duterte administration’s “Build Build Build” programme is meant to bring infrastructure development to the Philippines. But critics warn against falling into a “debt trap”, and that the true cost of the scheme might be paid by the country’s poorest citizens.
The March 2019 election in Thailand means that the country will transition from the military junta to a civilian government. But activists say that this change isn’t going to be enough if oppressive charges filed by the regime against critics aren’t rolled back.
Sheena Gurbakhash was just a child when the Chinese and Malays clashed in Kuala Lumpur in May 1969. The May 13 riots highlighted the fragility of race relations at the time, and continue to raise questions about issues of privilege and place in the country.
This week: Filipinos vote in their mid-term elections, the Malaysian government unveils a new economic model, Sabah clamps down on "illegal immigrants" and Indonesia sets up a new "legal aid team"... to help the prosecution.